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Satureja Douglasii – belongs to the genus Satureja and douglasii species

Satureja Douglasii is a flat perennial and is also known as Yerba Buena. It belongs to the genus Satureja and douglasii species. It is a native of western and northwestern North America, ranging from maritime Alaska southwards to Baja California Sur. This perennial can spread wide about to 1.00 to 2.00m to 3 feet and grow up to a height of 0.10 to 0.20m to one foot. It is usually found in woods near the coast from Los Angeles to British Columbia. It prefers shade and moist soil. Its leaves are used for making teas and used as groundcovers. The leaves are aromatic and have evergreen foliage.
It prefers full sun to partial shade, tolerate sand and clay types of soil, need soil pH of 6.00 to 8.00 and USDA of 7 to 10. This perennial is used to relieve Arthritis, Head aches, Tooth aches, Mouth wash, Relief of intestinal gas, Stomach aches, Indigestion and to drink as tea for general good health. The flowers are hermaphrodite in nature. The fruit is schizocarp.
These species are called savories. Winter savory and Summer savory are among the thirty of the known species and most important. They are both annual and a perennial and can grow up to a height of 15-50cm. They are herbs and low growing in heights, being sub shrubs. Their leaves are in 1-3cm of length and bear flowers that form whorls on stems. The flowers are white to pale pink-violet. They attract larva of Lepidoptera that is butterflies and moths. Coleophora bifrondella moth and caterpillars feed on these plants especially on Winter savories. They can be used as ornamental plants.
These plants are basically used for flavoring the food. The leaves are either used dried or not dried in Italian cuisine and in mostly cooking beans.

Growing conditions of Satureja douglasii

• These plants needs full sun to partial shade and well drained soil. It needs a hardy zone of 5.
• The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
• This plant needs dry to moist soil.

As a perennial,
• Sow the savory outdoors every four weeks.
• The seeds should be sown on the soil surface from just after the last frost.
• Sow the seeds on the surface at the end of the spring.
• They need to be spaced at about 15cm apart.

Caring for Satureja douglasii
• Proper watering is required to avoid drying of soil.
• If grown indoors, six hours of sunlight is a must for the plant.
• Water only when the soil gets dried out, instead of watering regularly.
• Pinch of the tips of the young plant to ensure bushiness.
• The wood that is dead of the plant should be removed for new growth.
• Dividing plants every three years encourages new growth and vigor.
• Divide the plant in spring or in autumn.
• If stem cuttings are done for propagation, the best time is spring.

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